Sponsor Shoutout Series – Oso Negro

Oh! So Nelson - Cafe, Community & MorePicture a beautiful, serene setting right in the lap of the mountains.  What is the overarching feeling accompanying the soothing imagery? For us in the Kootenays, it’s always warm, fuzzy and feels like home!  In the majestic presence of the Selkirk Mountains lies a place of such warmth and comfort called Oso Negro Coffee. This local business has been…

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EcoSociety supports watershed plans for clean drinking water

Children standing by the source of their grandparent’s drinking water. Glade, BC.   The Kootenays are home to one of the highest populations in BC that depends on creeks, streams and surface water springs for their drinking water. These communities have all of the responsibility to keep their drinking water clean but little means to do so.  People need safe, clean drinking water, and we have…

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We’re Hiring – Deputy Executive Director

Title: Deputy Executive Director Start Date: As soon as possible Terms: $55,000-$60,000 annually salary, full-time, permanent Location: from home (offices closed due to COVID) West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. Since 1994,…

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Fruitvale you did it!

Let’s take this moment to celebrate: Fruitvale Village Council just unanimously voted to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050! This makes Fruitvale the 10th community in the West Kootenays to commit to this goal and to make a plan for a healthier, safer, and cleaner community. Together with your neighbours, you are leading the way to a 100% renewable energy future! How are you…

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Playbook brings 100% renewable energy possibility to your community

We all want to live in safe, healthy, and strong communities. Making sure we have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and healthy local food to eat are the biggest steps we can take to keep our communities thriving.  Communities across Canada now have a tool to help them achieve these goals, while working to prevent the worst impacts of climate change that threaten our communities. West…

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Let Fruitvale know that you care

On Monday, March 8th, Fruitvale Village Council will be voting on whether to commit to a transition to 100% renewable energy in your community. If you and your neighbours send a letter to council letting them know you support a transition to 100% renewable energy in your community, then Council will vote in favour of the transition, because they will feel supported by you and your neighbours to…

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Let’s hear it for Castlegar! Council votes to adopt 100% Renewable Energy Plan

Let’s start off this week with some good news, Castlegar City Council just voted unanimously to pass your 100% Renewable Energy Plan! Castlegar joins Kalso, Warfield, and Rossland as the first municipalities across the West Kootenays to officially adopt the plan. You are leading the way to a 100% renewable energy future. How are you celebrating this huge moment? You might have heard me cheering…

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It Won’t Be Easy – but together we can do anything

  By Kade Moroney, Community Organizer I have been working at the West Kootenay EcoSociety for about 3 months now, and it has been amazing to have the opportunity to continue my work in social and environmental justice in a new capacity. Before being hired as a Community Organizer, I was working as a mental health worker on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ…

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Something to Celebrate! Rossland adopts Renewable Energy Plan

Let’s take this moment to celebrate, Rossland City Council just voted to pass your 100% renewable energy plan! They are the third local government to adopt the 100% renewable energy plan that they have been collaborating on with eight other West Kootenay local governments and West Kootenay EcoSociety. The renewable energy plan aims to save people money, make Rossland healthier and safer, support…

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Enjoy the 100 Acre Wood Trail All Year Round!

I had an hour long drive ahead of me to the 100 Acre Wood old growth forest trail and it was the perfect opportunity to listen to the reading of a recent New York Times story The Social Life of Forests by Ferris Jabr. This fascinating story speaks to the connectivity of all plant life in a forest via underground fungal root networks, or mycelium. I touched on this briefly in another trail story…

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